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James 1

Testing Your Faith

1[a]James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve [Hebrew] tribes [scattered abroad among the Gentiles] in the dispersion: Greetings (rejoice)!

Consider it nothing but joy, my [b]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].

Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position [as a born-again believer, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God]; 10 and the rich man is to glory in being humbled [by trials revealing human frailty, knowing true riches are found in the grace of God], for like the flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; its flower falls off and [c]its beauty fades away; so too will the rich man, in the midst of his pursuits, fade away.

12 Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. 14 But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). 15 Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death. 16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow [d]cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. 18 It was of His own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself—sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes].

19 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; 20 for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. 21 So get rid of all uncleanness and [e]all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth]. 23 For if anyone only listens to the word [f]without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets [g]what he looked like. 25 But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but [h]an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious [scrupulously observant of the rituals of his faith], and does not control his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless (futile, barren). 27 Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress, and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world.

Notas al pie

  1. James 1:1 James, the leader of the Jerusalem church, was the half brother of Jesus. He became a believer after the resurrection of Jesus and was later martyred for his faith.
  2. James 1:2 Lit brethren.
  3. James 1:11 Lit the beauty of its face perishes.
  4. James 1:17 Lit of turning.
  5. James 1:21 Lit surplus of.
  6. James 1:23 Lit and is not a doer.
  7. James 1:24 Lit what sort he was.
  8. James 1:25 Lit a doer of work.

Nkwa Asem

Yakobo 1

1Saa krataa yi fi me Yakobo a meyɛ Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo somfo nkyɛn.

Mikyia mmusuakuw dumien a wɔahwete no nyinaa.

Gyidi ne nyansa

Anuanom, sɛ sɔhwɛ bi ba mo akwan mu a, momma mo ani nnye efisɛ, sɛ mo gyidi tumi gyina sɔhwɛ no ano a, ɛno ansa na munya boasetɔ. Momma boasetɔ no ntena mo mu daa nyinaa sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛyɛ pɛ a biribiara ho nhia mo.

Sɛ nyansa ho hia mo mu bi a, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔbɔ mpae srɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔbɛma no bi, efisɛ, Onyankopɔn fi ayamye ne adom mu ma obiara nea ehia no no kwa. Na sɛ worebɔ mpae a, ɛsɛ sɛ wugye di a wunnye ho akyinnye. Obiara a ogye akyinnye no te sɛ ɛpo asorɔkye a mframa bɔ no kɔ baabiara a ɛpɛ. Ɛnsɛ sɛ saa onipa no susuw sɛ obenya biribiara afi Awurade nkyɛn; n’adwene yɛ no ntanta a ontumi nsi biribiara pi.

Ohia ne ahonya

Sɛ Onyankopɔn ma onua hiani so a, ɛsɛ sɛ n’ani gye, 10 na ɔdefo a wɔbrɛ no ase no nso saa ara. Efisɛ, ɔdefo no twam kɔ sɛ wuram afifide bi. 11 Owia pue de ne hyew no hyew afifide no ma n’ahoɔfɛ no sɛe. Saa ara na wɔbɛsɛe ɔdefo no bere a ogu so redi ne dwuma no.

Sɔhwɛ

12 Nhyira nka onipa a onya gyidi wɔ amanehunu mu, efisɛ, ɔno na obenya akyɛde a Onyankopɔn ahyɛ ho bɔ ama wɔn a wɔdɔ no no. 13 Sɛ saa sɔhwɛ no to obi a, ɛnsɛ sɛ ɔka se, “Saa sɔhwɛ yi fi Onyankopɔn.” Efisɛ, ɔbonsam rentumi nsɔ Onyankopɔn nhwɛ, na ɔno ara Onyankopɔn ankasa nso nsɔ obi nhwɛ. 14 Na sɛ onipa twe ne ho na ɔno ara n’akɔnnɔ yi no a, na ayɛ sɔhwɛ ama no. 15 Na sɛ akɔnnɔ no nyinsɛn a, ɛwo bɔne, na bɔne no nyin a ɛwo owu. 16 Me nuanom adɔfo, mommma wɔnnnaadaa mo.

17 Akyɛde pa ne akyɛde a ɛyɛ pɛ nyinaa fi soro; efi Onyankopɔn a ɔbɔɔ soro hann no nkyɛn na ɛba. Ɔnsesa sɛ sunsumma. 18 Ofi ne pɛ mu nam nokware a ɛwɔ asɛm no mu no so woo yɛn sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yebedi kan wɔ abɔde nyinaa mu.

Otie ne ɔyɛ

19 Me nuanom adɔfo, monkae sɛ ɛsɛ sɛ mo mu biara tie no ntɛm na ɔnyɛ nyaa nkasa na ɔnyɛ nyaa mfa abufuw. 20 Onipa abufuw no mma onnya Onyankopɔn trenee no. 21 Ɛno nti, montwe mo ho mfi afide ne atirimɔden ho. Momfa mo ho mma Onyankopɔn na asɛm a odua wɔ mo koma mu a ebegye mo nkwa no munnye.

22 Munntie asɛm no sɛ atiefo kwa, na mmom monyɛ asɛm no yɛfo. 23 Obiara a otie asɛm no na ɔmfa nni dwuma no te sɛ obi a ɔhwɛ ahwehwɛ mu na ohu sɛnea ɔte. 24 Ɔhwɛ ne ho wɔ ahwehwɛ no mu yiye na sɛ ofi ahwehwɛ no anim ara pɛ a, ne werɛ fi nea ohui no nyinaa. 25 Nanso obiara a ɔhwɛ mmara pa a wɔahyɛ a ɛma onipa de ne ho, na odi so, na otie, na ne werɛ mfi, na ɔde di dwuma no, Onyankopɔn behyira saa onipa no wɔ biribiara a ɔyɛ mu.

26 Sɛ obi susuw sɛ ɔyɛ Onyamesomfo na wanto ne tɛkrɛma nnareka a, ne nyamesom no ho nni mfaso na ɔdaadaa ne ho nso. 27 Nea Agya Onyankopɔn fa no sɛ ɛyɛ nyamesom pa no ni: kɔhwɛ nyisaa ne akunafo wɔ wɔn ahohia mu, na yi wo ho fi nneɛma porɔwee ho.